Ancient and Modern Perceptions of Roman Myth, Memory and Culture: The Exhibit examines how the Romans chose to interpret their mythical past and display their religious beliefs through iconographic representation on objects of daily and/or domestic use (e.g., lamps, coins, bronze statuettes, signet rings). General topics include the Romans’ perception of their past, the origins of Roman religion and myth, personal tastes and patronage, and the character of everyday Roman material culture. The exhibit examines not only how the Romans themselves perceived (and in some cases invented) their mythological past, as embodied in their art and literature, but also how their legacy of mythology and myth-making has been received and reinterpreted within Western culture from the Renaissance through the 21st century, as reflected through the media of books, graphic novels, television, and movies.
Funded project of Humanities Washington. Humanities Washington is a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.